The Hill: President Trump on Monday tapped Alex Azar for secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), a role vacated by Tom Price Thomas (Tom) Edmunds Price Dems look to gain ground in Va. House of Delegates Pruitt to address trade group at luxury resort Spring promises of partnership on health-care reform are growing cold for states MORE in late September amid revelations that Price took repeated trips on government and private jets that cost taxpayers more than $1 million. "Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary," Trump tweeted. "He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!" — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2017 Azar has a deep knowledge of the regulatory process, those who worked with him said, but Democrats are likely to raise red flags on how he'll handle ObamaCare and drug prices. The role is high-profile, tasked with overseeing various facets of health care, from Medicare and Medicaid to drug approvals and disease control — and most controversially, the implementation of the health-care law Republicans want to tear down.